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Harold B. Weishapl

Friday, November 9, 2007

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May 22, 1917 - Nov. 7, 2007

ATWOOD -- Harold Bernard Weishapl, 90, formerly of Atwood, died Wednesday (Nov. 7, 2007) in Clearwater, Kan.

He was born May 22, 1917, in Herndon to Paul and Theresia (Green) Weishapl. He attended school in Herndon. He was drafted into the U.S. Army at the age of 24 on Oct. 27, 1941. He was a submarine mine planter in the Panama Canal. When he was transferred to Europe, he was assigned to the 134th Infantry Regiment of the 35th Infantry Division and, upon landing in France, was engaged in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a sergeant of a squad of riflemen.

He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign, European African Middle Eastern Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal and Expert Machine Gun and Rifle Sharpshooter medal.

He was discharged Oct. 5, 1945. He received the American Legion Life Membership.

Returning to Rawlins County, he purchased a farm on Beaver Creek, west of Atwood and married Audrey Penn on May 21, 1946. He worked as a farmer.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atwood.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; his parents; brothers, Tony, John, Winferd and Paul F.; sister, Mildred Kleidosty; and father-in-law, Finn Penn.

Survivors include his children, Bernard and Mary Ann Weishapl of Goodland, Kan., Loretta and Gary Hoffsetz of Derby, Kan., Mary and Corky Chessmore of Atwood, Joe and Gwen Weishapl of Rio Rancho, N.M., Gloria and Ernie Coleman of Washington, N.C., Steve and Debbie Weishapl of Loveland, Colo., and Robert and Dorothy Weishapl of Mulvane, Kan.; brother, Charles and wife, Marilyn of Atwood; sisters, Adeline Green of Libby, Mont., and Theresia Cranmer of Elko, Nev.; mother-in-law, Elsie Penn; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atwood, with the Rev. Dana Clark officiating. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Atwood.

Parish rosary and vigil will be today at 7 p.m., at Williams Funeral Home in Atwood.

Memorials may be given in his name to the Kansas Alzheimer's Association or charity of the donor's choice.

Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of arrangements.